Mayor’s newsletter: July 2024

Posted on July 10, 2024

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Official newsletter of Santa Ana Mayor Valerie Amezcua.

Keeping the community informed about local events, City news, and resources.

Dear Neighbors,

As your Mayor, public safety and the quality of life for our residents have been two of my top priorities. Everyone deserves to feel safe no matter what neighborhood they live in. The level of crime we are seeing in our city requires an all-hands-on-deck approach, which means working with our first responders, community relations, residents, nonprofit partners and businesses to confront this issue. We all have a role in keeping Santa Ana safe and I encourage everyone to unite and share the message “if you SEE something, SAY something” by reporting suspicious activities or concerns to SAPD at 714-245-8665 and download the MySantaAna App. Together we can ensure a safer city for everyone.

The month of June also saw the Santa Ana City Council unanimously approve the 2024-25 City budget, adding a range of new programs sought by the community while making long-term investments in City roads and public facilities. “This balanced budget continues the high-quality services our residents have come to expect, while also planning for Santa Ana’s future,” Mayor Valerie Amezcua said. “The City of Santa Ana is investing millions of dollars in better roads, expanded libraries, improved parks, and other City facilities that will be enjoyed by future generations.”

State of the city at podium

The Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual State of the City event at Mater Dei High School on June 27. A sold-out crowd enjoyed the theme “I Love Santa Ana” and heard from top City executives and me as we shared the City’s outstanding accomplishments and a promising vision for the future.

It’s summertime in Santa Ana! I invite you to check out our newest Cultura magazine and read all about the upcoming festivals, outdoor activities, and neighborhood events!

A few of my upcoming favorites:

Mariachi festival

The Festival of Mariachis! Hosted by the Power of One Foundation, this exciting event promises an unforgettable celebration of mariachi music.

Back to school resource fair

Back to School Community Resource Fair! In preparation for the upcoming school year, my office, in partnership with various community partners, is excited to host a Back-to-School Community Resource Fair. The event will offer students a FREE backpack filled with school supplies. I invite you to register your SAUSD student here.

Wishing all of you a wonderful July, and as always, I am eagerly looking forward to meeting and engaging with you in the community.



Mayor Valerie Amezcua


Mayor on the Move

State of the City guests

The 2024 State of the City Address hosted by the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce was a resounding success. I extend my gratitude to the Chamber for once again organizing this important event, and to all the sponsors and the 432 attendees who joined us.

Juneteenth celebration

The City of Santa Ana’s Juneteenth celebration at Centennial Park was a joyous event, made possible through the collaboration of participating organizations. We extend our sincere gratitude to all those who joined us in celebrating this important occasion.

Faith based meeting

My quarterly Faith Based meeting. Many different denominations come together to discuss city issues and work on solutions.

Nicholas Academic Centers

Honored to have spoken at the 16th Annual Nicholas Academic Centers’ Graduation Celebration. The Nicholas Academic Centers provide after school college access and success services, as well as provide over $2 million in scholarships to Santa Ana graduates on an annual basis.

Anaheim State of the City

Thank you, Anaheim Mayor Ashleigh Aitken, for inviting me to the State of the City luncheon.

June Coffee with the Mayor

Had a great time at this month’s Coffee with the Mayor! It’s always inspiring to connect with residents and hear about the issues that matter to them. Thanks to everyone who came out!

Interested in hosting a future Coffee with the Mayor? Contact my office to discuss potential dates.

Tustin Girls in government event

Girls in Government event. Thank you, Tustin Councilwoman Letitia Clark, for inviting me to be a panelist and engage with students who are exploring careers in public service!

Certificate of Recognition to Junior Achievement of Orange County and Inland Empire

Proud to have presented a Certificate of Recognition to Junior Achievement of Orange County and Inland Empire in Celebration of their 70th Anniversary!


Nonprofit Spotlight: The Cambodian Family

Cambodian family

The mission of The Cambodian Family is to promote social health by providing refugee and immigrant families the opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, and desires for creating health and well-being in their lives in Santa Ana and beyond. Learn more.

Small Business Spotlight: Pop’s Cafe, 112 E. 9th St., Santa 

Pops Cafe

Pop’s Cafe is a beloved local gem known for its comforting breakfast fare and warm, welcoming atmosphere. The friendly staff creates a sense of community, making you feel right at home.


The City of Santa Ana Human Resources Department Talent Acquisition Division works with City agencies and departments to identify staffing needs and hire the best talent to serve the city. The City of Santa Ana is looking for individuals who are results-oriented, possess great attitude, demonstrate creativity and innovation, work efficiently, show a record of success, and have a passion for public service.

Job opportunities

Internship Program

Join Santa Ana PD


City of Santa Ana wins $25 million federal grant for rail crossing project to improve traffic, pedestrian safety

25 million grant

The City of Santa Ana has received a $25 million federal grant to improve a rail crossing at Santa Ana Boulevard. The project will create a new underpass, reduce road lanes, add protected bikeways, sidewalks, and a pedestrian overcrossing. This aims to enhance safety for pedestrians and bicyclists, improve traffic flow, and reduce congestion. The funding comes from the RAISE program, part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The project is expected to be completed by January 2029.

Our team thanks Congressman Lou Correa and Senator Alex Padilla for supporting the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that made the funding for this project possible.

Read more here.

Santa Ana City Council unanimously approves 2024-25 budget

I’m proud to share that the Santa Ana City Council unanimously approved a new budget for the 2024-25 fiscal year. This budget adds a range of new programs sought by the community while making long-term investments in City roads and public facilities.

The new budget and the City’s Capital Improvement Program include additional funding for:

  • Over $30 million for street and traffic safety improvements
  • Safe Routes to School Projects, such as street signage, road striping and crosswalks
  • Youth programs
  • A children’s zoo at Santa Ana Zoo
  • Public art
  • Bus stop maintenance
  • Pothole repairs
  • Technology improvements for the police dispatch center
  • Bristol Street improvements from Warner Avenue to St. Andrew Place
  • Upgraded traffic signals on Segerstrom Avenue at Raitt and Flower streets
  • Redesign of Chepa’s Park
  • Outdoor library at Jerome Park
  • $120,000 for the expansion of Senior Services.

Learn more about the budget here.

Main Library closes for modernization project

Main library

The City of Santa Ana is preparing to renovate its Main Library starting June 20, 2024, with an expected reopening in spring 2026. This ambitious project aims to modernize and enhance the library, preserving its 1950s architectural charm while introducing new features like an interactive children’s area and a Maker Lab.

The renovation includes restoring the iconic Italian marble façade and improving functionality and aesthetics throughout the building. During the renovation, library services will continue at extended hours in the Newhope Branch and various community centers, with plans for new library branches in the Delhi Community Center by early 2025 and an Outdoor Public Library by spring 2025.

Learn more on our website.

Santa Ana expands Youth Employment Program with $2 million grant

Youth Employment Program Intern with Books

I am excited to announce that the Santa Ana Youth (SAY) Employment Program to offer paid public sector and non-profit work experience to 120 youth aged 16 to 30 is expanding. Funded by a $2 million grant from California Volunteers, part of the State of California Department of General Services, the program was approved by the Santa Ana City Council on June 18, 2024.

I firmly believe that investing in educational, job training, and career opportunities for our youth is essential to Santa Ana’s future and crucial in reducing violence in our communities.

This is the second grant from California Volunteers, following a $4.5 million grant in June 2022, which benefited 400 Santa Ana youth.

  • Enrollment begins in September 2024. Apply Here:
  • Focus areas: food insecurity, education, public service, career exploration, and readiness.
  • Participants will access AI and STEM technology workshops.
  • Comprehensive support: administrative assistance, fiscal and programmatic oversight, compliance review, progress tracking and reporting, career counseling, case management, and more.

For questions, call the Santa Ana Work Center at (714) 565-2600 or email

This month in Santa Ana History – Company L “Santa Ana’s Own”

I love taking a moment to share pieces of Santa Ana’s history and this month I’d like to highlight:

Santa Ana history

Company L “Santa Ana’s Own”

Company L was first mustered in Santa Ana on July 21, 1890. Affectionately referred to as “Santa Ana’s Own,” Company L was involved in both domestic and international events such as the Spanish-American War of 1898, the San Francisco Fire of 1906, WWI, the Santa Ana Earthquake of 1933, WWII, and the Korean War. Since its inception 134 years ago, Company L brought Santa Ana residents a feeling of pride that a military unit was on alert ready to serve the city and country. Through the years, Company L had been composed of men from all walks of life including doctors, lawyers, engineers, farmers and businessmen. On July 1, 1954, Company L was phased out and officially changed to Company A, 161st Armored Infantry Battalion under Command of Captain Calvin C. Samples.

City Resources

City Hall main line

  • (714) 647-5400

Code Enforcement

  • (714) 667-2780

Emergency Water Services

  • (714) 953-8026

Graffiti Hotline

  • (877) 786-7824

mySantaAna app

  • Report various issues: (714) 647-6900

Public Works dispatch (street sweeping, trees)

  • (714) 647-3380

Santa Ana Police Athletic & Activity League (SAPAAL)

Santa Ana Police Dept Directory

Planning a Community Clean-up

Homeless Services

  • SMART program for non-emergency homeless-related issues
  • (714) 242-3706

My First Home Program

The city will offer down payment assistance loans to first-time home buyers to aid in the purchase of a home within Santa Ana.

Employment Opportunities


Find more phone numbers for all City services

Santa Ana WORK Center

Starting a small business

Have you downloaded the mySantaAna app?

Mysantaana app

Report issues like:

  • illegal dumping
  • graffiti removal
  • homeless encampments
  • trash and recycling missed pickups
  • park issues
  • potholes
  • and more!

Download the mySantaAna app

Community Resources

Project Hope Alliance

Homelessness support for families and children.

West Santa Ana VA Clinic

Provides assistance with housing placement.

Sign up for Medi-Cal regardless immigration status

Project Food Box

Provides and ships nutritious, farm fresh produce to communities who need it most.

Affordable Housing resources

Need help with utility bills?

LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps low-income households pay for heating or cooling in their homes.


Youth Bus Program is a Year-Round Success

Though many use the free pass to travel to school, it can also be used to access jobs, libraries and summer activities. Learn more here:

Car-free Options for Clean, Green Summer Travel

Orange County has many cost-effective options that reduce harmful emissions and traffic congestion while providing safe travel. Learn more here:

Upcoming Community Events

Down Payment Assistance Workshop – July 11

First time homebuyer

The City of Santa Ana invites the public, interested home buyers, realtors and lenders to join us for an informational workshop to learn about the My First Home down payment assistance program. By taking advantage of this remarkable initiative, you can transform your aspirations of homeownership into a tangible reality with an interest-free loan. We’ll provide an overview of the program, including income guidelines, qualifications, and the application-approval process. We’ll also highlight an incentive for Santa Ana high school graduates, U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel.

  • Thursday, July 11
  • 6-7:30 p.m.
  • El Salvador Community Center, 1825 W. Civic Center Drive

Please register at Catalog – City of Santa Ana, CA ( under the City Agency Activities tab. An account is required to register.

My First Home Program

OCFA Non-certified Hands Only CPR – July 11, 17 & 24

Sidewalk CPR Sidewalk CPR

The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) is excited to provide a free opportunity for Santa Ana residents to learn non-certified, hands only CPR, also known as Sidewalk CPR! This lifesaving skill delivers care to someone in cardiac arrest until professional responders arrive. We invite residents of all ages to take advantage of this pilot program.

  • Thursday, July 11
  • 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Vons, 3650 S. Bristol St. (Bristol & McArthur)


  • Wednesday, July 17
  • 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Northgate, 770 S. Harbor Blvd. (McFadden & Harbor)


  • Wednesday, July 24
  • 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Superior, 1710 S. Main St. (Main & Pomona)

Summer Movies in the Park – July 12-26

Movies in the park

The City of Santa Ana is hosting a Summer Movies in the Park series from June 7 to July 26, 2024. Every Friday evening, free family-friendly movies will be shown at different parks, starting at 6 p.m. Attendees can enjoy inflatables, themed activities, and food vendors. Popcorn is available while supplies last. Headsets for Spanish audio are offered, and guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics.

Movie in the Park

Summer Concerts in the Park – July 18 – August 8

Concerts in the park

Santa Ana’s Concerts in the Park series will take place every Thursday from July 18 to August 8, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at different parks. There will be free family-friendly concerts with live music, dancing, food vendors, and activities for kids. Community bands can perform from 6 to 6:30 p.m. by emailing Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics.

Concerts in the Park 

Schmooza Palooza Business Expo – July 18

Business expo

The Schmooza Palooza ’80s business expo hosted by Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce provides a great opportunity for businesses to showcase their products and services, connect with potential clients, and network with fellow industry professionals in a fun, ’80s-themed setting. With food tastings, entertainment, and a lively atmosphere, this event aims to attract a diverse group of attendees.

  • Thursday, July 18
  • 5-6:30 p.m.
  • South Coast Village – Courtyard (Behind the Corner Bakery), 1621 W. Sunflower Ave.

Schmooza Palooza Business Expo

Discovery Cube Santa Ana Resident Free Days

Discover Cube

Valid on the first Tuesday of every month. Enjoy free admission for up to 4 guests with a valid government-issued photo ID showing a Santa Ana address.

Learn more here

Free Resident Day at Santa Ana Zoo

On Resident Free Day, the third Sunday of each month, residents of Santa Ana may visit our Zoo for free. Proof of residency (driver’s license, utility bill) will be required upon arrival. Not valid to schools or business addresses.

Visit Santa Ana Zoo

Free Santa Ana Summer at Bowers Museum

This is an exciting opportunity to enjoy a Santa Ana treasure! Bowers Museum is expanding its free Sundays for Santa Ana residents, offering free museum general admission to all residents every day from March 9 to September 8.

City Hall

Upcoming Holiday and Closed Friday schedule: (City Hall non-essential offices are closed on alternating Fridays throughout the year)

  • Friday, July 19, 2024 – City Hall closed
  • Friday, August 2, 2024 – City Hall closed

The next City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 16, 2024, at Santa Ana Council Chamber, 22 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana. Official City meetings are open to the public and I encourage you to participate. Council agendas and minutes may be accessed here.

City Council Meetings Highlights

In our June meetings, the Santa Ana City Council:

  • Adopted a resolution to accept a $2 million California Volunteers grant award from the State of California that will allow the City to expand the Santa Ana Youth (SAY) Employment Program, providing paid work experience to 120 Santa Ana residents ages 16 to 30.
  • Authorized the City Manager to execute a Memorandum of Understanding with Santa Ana Police Officers Association regarding wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment effective January 1, 2024, through June 30, 2027.
  • Adopted a resolution giving notice of the City’s general election to be held in Santa Ana on November 5, 2024, for the submission of questions to the voters relating to proposed amendments to the City Charter.

City Meeting Agendas

Victoria’s Corner

Victoria Barrios

This section was created after meeting with Eva Barrios, a Santa Ana resident, whose daughter Victoria Barrios was killed in 2019. With Eva’s support, the goal of Victoria’s Corner is to bring additional attention to Victoria’s case.

Anyone with information pertaining to Victoria’s case, please contact the Santa Ana Police Department at (714) 245-8390.

Justice for Victoria Barrios

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